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Laser Tattoo Removal – Too Expensive

July 4, 2010

The costs of tattoo removal are still too steep for a lot of folks who would’ve been otherwise interested in getting their tattoos removed a long time ago. This was my first thought of the morning as I sat down for breakfast.

I was thinking about a conversation I had with a friend, you see, when we met over drinks last night. He was kind of notorious back in our college days for sporting some of the most outrageous tattoos ever seen in our campus. He had purple and green dragons all over his back, as well as some snakes, if I remember correctly. To be honest, I couldn’t distinguish the snakes from the dragons, but then again, I was not interested in tattoos back in those days.

Getting back to our conversation, he told me that if tattoo removal wasn’t so expensive, he would’ve gone and erased the ink off his back a long time ago. I wasn’t sure why he wanted to do that, since his job as a car mechanic and part-time truck driver didn’t exactly restrict his freedom if he wanted to go on wearing his tattoos.

If he was working at a bank or in any other corporate job, sure, I’d understand completely. But being a mechanic and truck driver meant that he had plenty of opportunity for following his own “sense of style”, if you know what I mean.

I didn’t press him for the exact reason why he wanted to get rid of those tattoos, but I remember that he said something about regretting his decision to get so much ink done several years ago. He said that he would’ve been happy now with just one or two tattoos, but he went overboard, and so now he wants them all gone.

He also kept mentioning laser tattoo removal and how it was too expensive for him. He added that although he was making good money at his two jobs, he didn’t feel good about throwing it away on laser tattoo removal. Those were his exact words.

As I listened to my friend talk that night, I understood what he meant by laser tattoo removal being too expensive. I’ve heard and read about far too many people complaining about the same thing. These people have been thinking about getting their tattoos removed, but they never go through with it because of the prohibitive costs.

The costs of laser tattoo removal can go for $250 per session on average. And it doesn’t take only one session. Depending on the color and size of your tattoo, removing it could take anywhere from five to a dozen sessions. Even just five sessions can cost you $1,250 already, and that kind of money can go a long way towards rent, food, clothes, and other expenses which you and your family might need. Can you imagine spending that kind of money for removing your tattoo?

So that you may understand exactly why laser tattoo removal is so expensive, I’m going to talk about the factors and reasons why this tattoo removal procedure is murder on the wallet. That will be in my next post, so stay tuned for it!

Laser Tattoo Removal: Heated Pigment and the Creation of Hazardous Compounds

April 20, 2010

Millions of people in the United States have at least one tattoo. Permanent make up tattoos have also become quite popular.

Tattoo pigments are not officially controlled to the same degree cosmetic ingredients are and therefore the chemical composition of these coloring agents are not widely known. For that reason neither the tattoo artist or the customer has any information about the substances injected into the skin. Analysis of large numbers of tattoo compounds has revealed that many tattoo pigments are organic compounds as determined by their chemical makeup.

Most tattoo pigments are well tolerated by the skin, but adverse reactions have been seen in many tattoo recipients. Also, several malignant lesions have occurred in tattoos over the years, but are rare.

When, after several years of living with the tattoo a person begins to suffer from tattoo regret they many times undergo tattoo removal through the use of a Q-switch laser. When tattoo pigment is implanted in the skin it finds its way to and becomes part of the cells of the dermis and is not a free floating mass or body of ink.

Many tattoo pigment particles measure only a few microns in size while others are much larger. When a laser is applied to the pigment cell the destruction of that pigment cell through intense heat leads to a rapid expansion of the surrounding water, inducing negative pressure and a shock wave near the surface of the pigment. These shock waves, combined with the heat of the laser itself, may help destroy the tattooed compounds.

The pigment particles pulverize and form a solution of pigment molecules that result in pigment decomposition products and a molecular change in the compound used to make the pigment. Because of this fragmentation many of the tattoo particles are released through the surface of the skin and unknown by products of the newly generated chemical compounds are absorbed through the lymphatic system. This produces a noticeable decrease in color intensity of the tattoo. Depending on the pigment color it can take up to 8 to 12 treatments for 90% to 100% clearance.

Since the tattoo color is often made of an unknown pigment composition a quantitative analysis test was run on tattoo pigments after laser treatment using high pressure liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. The test was performed using shades of red azo dye pigment. It is known that red tattoo pigments cause the most frequent allergic reactions. It is also known that azo dyes, which are used because of the vibrancy of color they produce, become carcinogenic when heated above 280 degrees Celsius .Temperatures reached when laser is used to remove tattoo pigments are in the 900 Celsius temperature range, well above the temperature needed to turn the pigment into a carcinogenic compound.

The FDA does not closely monitor the manufacture of tattoo pigments and there have been few, if any, studies into compounds formed when tattoo pigments are decomposed by the heat of laser removal. Because laser tattoo removal is the most popular method of tattoo removal more information is needed about the effects of decomposed compounds disposed of through the lymph system.

…So…use Nuviderm and don’t worry about creating dangerous compounds.

Tattoo Removal Review – New Technology

January 25, 2010
New, easy to remove tattoo ink

Tattoo Removal Review - Easier Tattoo Removal

It is estimated that more than 45 million Americans have at least 1 tattoo. Recent polling indicates that approximately 50% of all men and women under the age of 25 have a tattoo, but about 20% of all people with a tattoo regret getting it and are looking for a form of tattoo removal.

Laser technology has made significant advances in recent years, but it still requires several visits and hundreds to thousands of dollars to remove a tattoo via laser, depending on the size and colors used in the design. Nuviderm has never made a secret of the fact that we always recommend laser removal if it is within your budget and we, of coarse, recommend Nuviderm if Laser is to expensive.

If you read our blog with any regularity you will also know that we constantly warn against using so called tattoo removal creams because they don’t work, cost to much for what you get (soft skin where you apply it) and tattoo cream manufacturer warranties are either non existent or so full of loop holes as to be worthless. Tattoo removal creams are nothing more than a basic cosmetic with skin pigment fading chemicals included to fade the skin above the tattoo, but not the tattoo itself.

Freedom2Ink

Well, help is on the way although the pace may be a bit slow. A company called Freedom2Ink has been working on developing a new form of tattoo ink that requires about one half  the number of laser treatments for complete ink clearance.  They call this new tattoo pigment technology Particle Encapsulation and Enhancement (P2E) . Basically, the ink is encapsulated in small spheres that can be placed under the skin with  currently used tattoo equipment. The only difference is the ease with which it can be removed using current laser technology .

The bad news – after 10 years of development they have only perfected this technology using a biodegradable black pigment. Apparently  the the material used to make the encapsulating spheres is not compatible with currently used pigments and carriers so they estimate it will be several more years before they have a full color line available for use by the general tattoo loving public.

How It Works

The basic idea behind this product is that the biodegradable ink is micro-encapsulated in a plastic polymer bead. When the the laser strikes the bead it cracks open and the ink is released into the dermis where the tattoo resides and as a consequence of the release the body’s own natural immune system will help breakdown and dispose of the ink. The bead itself is hypoallergenic and will cause no allergic reaction or side effect.

Current tattoo pigments are not biodegradable, as seen here, which requires that they be repeatedly blasted by a laser over a much longer period of time in order to achieve maximum clearance. Many of the currently used pigments, the lighter colors in particular, are very difficult to remove and complete clearance using laser is impossible for many colors.

That is where Nuviderm has an advantage over current laser technology. Because Nuviderm is based on a medium strength cosmetic acid it removes all colors with equal efficiency, color makes no difference.

New Ink Specifics

  • Aftercare should be managed the same way, no special care is needed beyond what it normally done with current ink pigments tattoos.
  • Freedom2Ink is a premium ink and will therefore cost significantly more. This price will be passed on the the consumer.
  • The ink will be packaged in 5 ml bottles (1/6 ounce).
  • Tattoo removal costs using laser will be reduced by up to 50%
  • It is permanent yet removable
  • Colors claimed to be made from the highest quality FDA approved USP grade ingredients.

The Nuviderm Blog

Unlike other at home tattoo removal products, Nuviderm is concerned as much about new developments in tattoo removal as we are in selling our own product. I you go through our blog entries you will see several entries about new technologies on the horizon as well as what to avoid when purchasing a home use tattoo removal product. We are constantly researching new ways to improve tattoo removal techniques and report on these new technologies to our readers.

How many of our competitors encourage the use of other products when they know a better method of tattoo removal exists? None.

Nuviderm has alway encouraged the use of laser removal as the gold standard for tattoo removal. Unfortunately most people with tattoo regret cannot afford to use laser,  in which case we recommend Nuviderm.

When researching tattoo removal logon to Nuviderm.com, Nuviderm.com/blog or Nuviderm.wordpress.com for the latest in unbiased coverage of technological advances in tattoo removal.

We also blog about many strange or humorous tattoo related subjects,  unscrupulous tattoo removal products and manufactures and, of course, the benefits of using Nuviderm tattoo removal.

So, logon from time to time and catch up on the happenings in the world of tattoos and tattoo removal and remember, Nuviderm works.

Nuviderm Review-

June 16, 2008
You guys are wonderful! I can see significant fading after my 5th treatment. I think it will be gone
before my wedding date next October.
Thank you Nuviderm,

Sissy D.
Birmingham, Al

Tattoo Removal Creams and Gels Vs. K-Y Jelly

September 18, 2009

Tom Leppard, formerly the worlds most tattooed man. He's from Scotland, not Mars.

Tom Leppard, formerly the worlds most tattooed man. He's from Scotland, not Mars.

There is no easy way to remove a tattoo regardless of what some tattoo removal product companies would have you believe. Rubbing cream on your tattoo once or twice a  day sounds good, but it’s no more effective at tattoo removal than K-Y Jelly.

Luckily the human leopard pictured above doesn’t have to worry about tattoo removal, he’s happy as a clam just the way he is. His name is  Tim Leppard and he is the former Guiness Book of Records holder for the worlds most tattooed man with 99.2% of his body tattooed. His face is the .8% that is not tattooed so that means that certain part of the male anatomy must be tattooed which also  makes him  crazy. Looking at him and calling him crazy seems slightly redundant. Apparently he feels he owes the look to the family name.

Back on topic…

Tattoo pigments have come a long way in the last few years and they are now more fade resistant, not to mention more difficult to remove than ever before. Unfortunately the tattoo removal industry has not quite kept up with the installation side of the industry. There has been talk of an easily removed ink via 1 laser visit for a few years now, but if it’s available no one seems t0 be using it.

Some people feel if you get a tattoo with the intention of removing it you might as well use temporary tattoos from the beginning and save yourself the trouble of a tattoo removal procedure sometime down the road.

If you’ve decide at some point to go through the tattoo removal process, don’t be surprised at how difficult it is to remove compared to the hype put out  by the tattoo removal cream industry as a whole. Slick marketing has moved from Madison Avenue to the internet without skipping a beat. They can say whatever they want on the internet and who is going to stop them, Google?  That would be like a dung beetle asking an elephant not to take a crap. Sorry for the crude analogy, but I’m cranky from working to many hours.

Tattoo Removal Solutions

The best solution to tattoo removal is to not get one in the first place. Lasers are good, but they do hurt a bit. Nine hundred degree skin temperatures generated by lasers is bound to sting. Using a cosmetic acid based tattoo removal product, like Nuviderm, is far preferable, especially when you factor in price.

In addition to being safe and inexpensive, products like Nuviderm are the only ones that can be reliably used by the home tattoo removal crowd who want to avoid getting de-inked by laser because of the cost or pain related to that type of tattoo removal.

If it’s time to lose your tattoo, Nuviderm tattoo removal should be your  choice. Every tattoo removal product that actually removes tattoo pigment has it’s critics. Everyone has their preference for whatever reason, but Nuviderm works and is backed by a very long guarantee – 6 months.

This Nuviderm tattoo removal review gets 2 thumbs up because it’s telling you the truth and needles the tattoo removal cream industry and Google in one blog entry. They are both getting rich at your expense. At least Google actually works so I should cut them some slack. The other target of my scorn doesn’t work, no slack given here.

Try Nuviderm, it’s guaranteed because it works and it works because it was invented by Doctors. Creams and gels were invented by the K-Y Jelly folks and we all know what that’s for, and it ain’t tattoo removal.

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Nuviderm Fade and Tattoo Removal : Lesson 1

September 15, 2009
Nuviderm Fade and Tattoo Removal says do your homework

Nuviderm Fade and Tattoo Removal says do your homework

We are always getting mail from people asking questions about Nuviderm tattoo removal – specific questions about the removal process, advice on use of Nuviderm during pregnancy, while breast feeding, best time to begin a removal, or the minimum age of a tattoo before using Nuviderm tattoo remover.
This morning we received a question about removing natural skin pigment forming a birthmark and using Nuviderm to remove it.

Here is the question:

Hello,

I have a birthmark on which I have already tried laser in an attempt at removal. Will Nuviderm work on my birthmark?

Thank you,
Mary

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Answer:

Mary,

TCA, the active ingredient in Nuviderm is used every day by Cosmetic Surgeons and Dermatologists to remove fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, remove or reduce acne scars and some birth marks. Since we don’t know the specifics of your birthmark pigmentation we suggest you contact a Dermatologist for professional advice on using TCA for your specific situation.
There may be a skin fade cream that might help. Fade creams inhibit or stop melanin production and may work for you in this instance. Fade creams have their place, but as tattoo removal agents they do not and cannot reach the dermis layer of skin where the tattoo pigment resides. This is something else you may consult a Physician about.

Nuviderm Customer Service

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The reasons for blogging about this are:

1). We always give straight, no B.S. answers to our customers or potential customers. Most of our competitors would not have responded and the remainder would have tried to make a sale without knowing all the facts about the birthmark. We make referrals all the time when we think there might be a better way or if more information is required to make an informed decision.

2). We suggested that possibly a skin fade cream might work, but to also consult with her physician about this before proceeding because of the many different types of birthmarks. Some would be unaffected by melanin inhibiting chemicals used in skin fade creams just as tattoo pigment us unaffected by skin fade creams claiming to be tattoo removal creams.

When researching tattoo removal don’t fall for all the hype on the internet about all the different products available.  Laser works, IPL works, Nuviderm works and is the affordable, effective alternative to laser. Dermabrasion  and  Salabrasion also work but are very slow, painful and will definitely leave a scar. So called tattoo removal creams and gels DO NOT WORK! They fade skin pigment, not tattoo pigment.

For cost effective results backed by a 6 month guarantee use Nuviderm. It is the only Doctor tested and approved Home Tattoo Removal product on the market.

Try Nuviderm, it works.

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Tattoo Removal – Managing Expectations

September 10, 2009

Tattoo removal reality tortoise vs. Tattoo removal expectations hare

Tattoo removal reality tortoise vs. Tattoo removal expectations hare

If you’re looking for a one-visit solution to tattoo removal you need to adjust to the reality of a longer term tattoo removal process. Expectations of easy tattoo removal often leads to giving up without really trying.  Cold steel surgery, which involves removing the tattoo using a scalpel to physically cut it out of your arm, leg, chest, breast or wherever it’s located, is the only way to wake up with a tattoo and go to bed at the end of the day without one.

But what if the idea of having local anesthesia injected into some sensitive part of your body with a hypodermic needle, followed by someone slicing and cutting through multiple layers of skin with a sharp object bothers you? You have a safe and mostly painless alternative.

Nuviderm, the chemical-based liquid is formulated from the same substance that is currently used to treat acne scars and to perform beautifying face peels every day.

But while Nuviderm will remove or severely fade your tattoo, regardless of the colored pigments used, it doesn’t happen overnight.

When you received your tattoo the ink was injected into the second layer of skin, that’s what makes it permanent. You must first peel through the 1st layer of skin which takes 3 to 5 treatment cycles with each cycle lasting for 3 to 6 weeks.

Once you have peeled through the 1st layer you will begin peeling out the ink in the second layer of skin one thin layer at a time until the tattoo has faded enough for a cover up or is completely gone. The entire process usually takes several months. There is no fast way to remove a tattoo, even Laser removal takes several months.

Dermal abrasion and most other solutions take just as long, or longer, and come with far too many risks (and pain) to suit most people.

Best of all, with Nuviderm, you can do it all yourself! Each order comes with complete and easy-to-understand instructions. And no matter how thoroughly you search through the package, you won’t find any sharp objects!

Check out Nuviderm. It’s rapidly becoming the preferred solution to removing tattoos.

Have more questions about tattoo removal expectations? Find the answers here.

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Nuviderm Tattoo Removal vs. Laser

September 9, 2009
A Nuviderm Faded Tattoo Compared to a Laser Faded Tattoo

A Nuviderm Faded Tattoo Compared to a Laser Faded Tattoo

Today’s blog records an individuals 7th laser tattoo removal treatment using her own words and photographs to describe what it’s like to undergo laser treatment for the removal of  a tattoo.

We begin the story on the day of the 7th session with a photo of the tattoo after 6 previous laser treatments followed by comments and photos of the tattoo after the seventh session.

The reason for showing a laser removal on a blog that advocates the removal of tattoos with Nuviderm TCA is for the purpose of comparison. A laser beam creates a severe burn, reaching temperatures up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit in the dermis and surrounding tissue, not a pleasant feeling. It literally creates a micro explosion when the laser beam strikes the tattoo pigment. That’s why, as you read the story below, the young lady is concerned that the topical pain killer applied before the procedure has not had enough time to fully deaden the skin before the procedure begins.

By comparison, Nuviderm gradually peels thin layers of skin beginning with the epidermis, or top layer of skin, down to the dermis, or second layer of skin, where the ink pigment resides. It doesn’t involve the pain of laser removal and it is certainly far cheaper. A one ounce bottle of Nuviderm has the ink removing power of $750 – $1000.00 or more of laser treatments and costs $39.95. Nuviderm can sometimes blister the skin and itch like crazy as the skin peels away, but that is nothing compared to what you are about see and read in the story below.

Laser is the high tech way of removing a tattoo so people naturally assume the high cost means it’s better, safer, less painful, less likely to leave a scar and more likely to work. Well, on all counts the preceding statement is wrong because, as we all know, sometimes the best way to get something done is also the simplest and least expensive.

“On Friday at 5pm I had my seventh tattoo removal appointment. I was a little nervous because the numbing cream had not been on my skin for as long as usual. She was extra punctual this time and I had been counting on those extra 15 – 20 minutes in the waiting room. Sure enough, it hurt a lot more this time than last time. Above is my first tattoo, which I got in 1993. I have never been happy with it. I always had a different vision for it and it never looked like I wanted it to. My dislike for this tattoo is what initiated my reconsideration of having any tattoos at all. This is how it looked on Friday during my lunch break, a few hours before the seventh treatment”.“This is Friday night. After the laser, the tattoo gets a thick coat of triple antibiotic ointment, then a cold pack, then a wrap. This photo was taken at home after the ice pack melted. The ankle tattoo always blisters pretty badly. I think its the location. None of the other tattoos blister like that and I am quite thankful. It’s really nasty and sensitive. This photo was taken just when I was going to remove the wrap and noticed some ooze. I figured you’d want to see it, so…


“This is how it looked Saturday. Know what I did on Saturday? Worked. Eight hours of overtime. It was actually kind of fun because the guy I share an office with wasn’t there so Alex let me borrow his small speakers and I played music all day. It was kind of great. I got a lot done.”


“The next tattoo photo is pretty gross, so to lessen the impact, please take a few moments to view this photo of Porro from this morning. I was sitting on the edge of the bed, ready to apply some ointment to the tattoos, and I noticed him next to me having a bath. He paused momentarily to allow me a photo. See how sweet?”


“This is the gross photo! That’s a large-ish blister in the center and it is surrounded by smaller, less threatening blisters. I say the center blister is large-ish because you haven’t seen what they looked like before! I hope to post photos of the earlier treatments to track progress but I have to first organize the photos on my computer. Yes, they were big and nasty. This is still how it looks right now, approximately 53 hours after the treatment. The blisters will gradually go down and the outer layer of skin gets dry and rough. Then it peels off, revealing a fresh faded tattoo. I’ll post more photos in a week or so. Ready…set…go!”


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Nuviderm Removal of a Tattoo

August 28, 2009
Removal of a tattoo should not be done with a hot iron

Removal of a tattoo should not be done with a hot iron

How many time do I have to say this?

  • Nuviderm is made from a product that has been medically tested and proven to remove tattoos…30 years ago!!
  • It’s what they used to remove tattoos before some guy invented the laser.
  • Nuviderm may be the old way to remove tattoos, but it’s also a hell of a lot cheaper – same result, way, way lower price – what’s not to like?
  • Lasers are inconvenient – you have to go to them.
  • Nuviderm comes to you and you have complete control over where and when.
  • It takes just about as long to remove a tattoo with Nuviderm as it does a laser, but at about 4% of the cost.
  • What you do with the money you save is your business.
  • Like laser removal there are certain procedures that must be followed when using Nuviderm.
  • Each purchase of Nuviderm comes with a little instruction booklet that explains everything you need to know.
  • It takes about the same amount of time to remove a tattoo with Nuviderm as it does with a laser, but with a heck of a lot less burning.
  • Lasers remove tattoos.
  • Nuviderm removes tattoos.
  • A one ounce bottle of Nuviderm tattoo removal concentrate contains about the same tattoo pigment removal power of about $1000.00 of laser treatments.
  • Nuviderm works.
  • This Nuviderm review of itself recommends that you buy Nuviderm and skip the high priced brand.
  • Don’t get me started on tattoo removal creams – they don’t work.
  • Buy Nuviderm.
  • The End

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Nuviderm Reviews – Tattoo Pigment Allergies

August 27, 2009
Nuviderm reviews allergies to tattoo pigments

Nuviderm reviews allergies to tattoo pigments

Inflammatory reactions sometimes result from the tissue injury that is necessary for the formation of a tattoo when the pigment is injected into the selected location for the body art. The inflammation  usually recedes without further incident within 2 – 3 weeks and is an expected reaction of your bodys’ immune system to the tattooing process.

Once the initial immune system response has settled down , the most frequent reaction observed  is an allergic sensitivity to one of the pigments used in the formation of the tattoo. These reactions evolve in many different ways and include granulomas, which are a ball-like collection of immune cells which form when the immune system attempts to wall off substances that it perceives as foreign but is unable to eliminate. Spongiotic dermatitis which causes itching and redness on the skin. The  cause is related to allergic reactions to pigments used in the tattoo. Another sign of  allergic sensitivity is Lichen planus,  an abnormal immune reaction provoked by a viral infection or sensitivity to a specific tattoo pigment. Inflammatory cells seem to mistake the skin cells as foreign and attack them.

Usually, allergic reactions to a tattoo pigment are contact dermatitis and photoallergic dermatitis, meaning a sensitivity to artificial and natural light, but most commonly to natural sunlight.

Allergic reactions to red tattoo pigments are the most common and may be caused by a variety of pigments, especially mercury sulfide. Alternative red vegetable dyes have been developed because of the problems associated with red tattoo pigment containing mercury; however, red tattoo reactions continue to be reported although with much less frequency.

Light sensitivity is commonly caused by yellow (cadmium sulfide) tattoo pigment. Swelling and redness may develop with exposure to sunlight. Although the reason is not clear, cadmium sulfide is the light-sensitive material used in photoelectric cells; therefore, the reaction is believed to be phototoxic. Red tattoos are sometimes associated with light sensitivity because of trace amounts of cadmium added to brighten the red pigment.

Pigments used to create green, blue, and black tattoos are much less common.

Blue tattoos that contain cobalt sometimes experience allergic  reactions which can rarely develop into inflammation of the middle layer of the eye called uveitis. Uveitis is a condition that can be treated with steroid eye drops, tablets or injections.

So, aside from tattoo regret, whatever the cause, allergic reactions to tattoo pigment should be taken into consideration when getting a tattoo. Always ask about pigment ingredients and only use the services of clean, reputable tattoo shops and artists.

If you decide it’s time for a removal be sure to consider Nuviderm, the easy, effective and affordable alternative to laser tattoo removal.

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Nuviderm Tattoo Remover, Laser and You

August 24, 2009

When getting a tattoo some people don’t understand that they are doing something that will be a permanent addition to  their body. It could be a long planned addition, something done on the spur of the moment,( like after a few to many drinks), or due to peer pressure from your devoted friends.

What ever the reason, it’s there for good, or at least until you decide to get rid of it and that’s when you find out how the word permanent applies to a tattoo. It means it damned hard to remove the thing. That once cherished piece of body art is deep in the skin, flesh actually, and won’t be budged without a fight.

Tattoos are very territorial, like your neighbors’ pit bull, it doesn’t want any thing invading its space and it can put up a pretty nasty fight to hold its ground.

Using sweet talk and a handful of tattoo fade cream won’t work any better than sweet talk and dog biscuit will get that bulldog to keep from biting the crap out of you just because your intentions are good and you’re a nice person. To the bulldog and the tattoo you’re the  trespasser, a stranger to be dealt with harshly if necessary.

Give that dog a biscuit every day and he’ll gladly eat it,  he may even pretend to be lulled into a passive state, but hop the fence and he’ll still bite the crap out of you. That’s sort of the way a tattoo removal/gel works. It fades the skin pigment above the tattoo and you think “wow, this stuff really works!”.

Three months and $250.00 later (the bite) you’ve got a light spot on your skin and the tattoo is still staring up at you, unchanged, unmoved and unimpressed. But, the good thing is your skin is totally unaffected – soft, smooth and unscarred. Unfortunately most tattoo removal cream companies, like pitbulls,  offer no refunds – a total waste money and dog biscuits.

To get rid of the dog and the tattoo you’ve got to get rough, there is no way around it. No matter how hard you wish, how many coins you toss in the local fountain, that tattoo ain’t goin nowhere until you start cooking (laser) or peeling (Nuviderm).

The ink is there and it must be forcibly removed and in the process your skin will be heated, blistered, made dry and flaky, possibly blistered, maybe hurt like hell, possibly scar and for all this you get to pay several hundred, maybe a thousand or two dollars. It’s call laser tattoo removal.

…Or you can forcibly remove that tattoo and in the process your skin may slightly and temporarily burn, made dry and flaky, possibly itch, maybe scab and if you don’t follow directions it could possibly leave a scar all for less than $40.00 for a 3″x3″ tattoo. It’s called Nuviderm.

One ounce of Nuviderm has the ink removing power of up to $1000.00 of  laser treatments. If  you can’t handle Nuviderm you sure as heck can’t handle laser.

To continue with the dog analogy, Nuviderm is like a Lab – it’ll treat you right as long as you read and follow instructions and don’t abuse its tattoo removal power, dilute the concentrate before using, it’s in the instructions. Laser is like a bulldog on a chain, straining to bust lose and attack in the only way it knows – with a ferocity you will not like.

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